PROVO, Utah (Nov. 25)-- The 17th-ranked BYU men's swimming and diving team defeated conference rival UNLV 143-98 while the women's team fell to the Rebels 130-113 Saturday, at the Richards
The men's team was led by senior All-American Arunas Savickas and sophomore Gary
Tan. Savickas won the 200 free, dominated the 500 free, winning by more than nine
seconds, and swam on the winning 400 medley relay team. Tan finished first in the 200 IM
and the 200 back, and also swam on the winning 400 medley relay team. Nick Tobler also
swam well for the Cougars Tobler dominated the 200 breast and also was a member of the winning 400 medley relay team with Savickas and Tan. The 400 free relay team comprised of Jeff Mason, Mike Mullen, Billy Betz and Jay Buys edged out the Rebels' team for first-place.
"This is a nice win for us," head men's coach Tim Powers said. "UNLV is swimming well and just came off a win at the Nebraska Husker Shootout."
Heidi Lietz won the 50 free and finished second in the 100 free while teammate Nikki Tadlock finished second and third behind Lietz in the 50 and 100 free, respectively. Amy Mclellan, Melissa Thompson and Tina Adkinson finished 1-2-3 for the Cougars in the 200 back while Tamber Covington, Amanda Grant and Jennifer Tasker finished 1-2-3 in the 200 breast.
At the other end of the pool, the men's diving team grabbed the top-three spots on the 1-meter board. Aaron Russell won the event followed Viraj Patil and Justin Wilcock, who finished third. Patil won 3-meter event while Russell and Wilcock finished second and third, respectively. Kelli Einfeldt won the women's 3-meter event and teammate Aubrie Cropper finished second. Tessa Clark won the 1-meter board for the Cougars while also finishing third on the 3-meter board. Tessa Dahl finished third for the Cougars.
Both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams will travel to Long Beach, Calif.,
to participate in the Speedo Cup, Nov. 30-Dec. 2.